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Payton looms large over Saints’ practice facility

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If the Saints can’t use a holographic Sean Payton this season, they’ll settle for the next best thing.

Suspended for a full year by the NFL for his role in the pay-for-performance/bounty system, Payton’s presence will be felt in 2012.

In addition to leaving empty seats for Payton on buses and planes and in meeting rooms, a large photo of Payton appears in the team’s practice facility.  The image mandates at the bottom in large letters “DO YOUR JOB,” the non-profane version of the notorious mantra of Payton’s mentor, Bill Parcells.

Don’t be surprised if that photo and message show up elsewhere.  The team wants the players to feel Payton’s presence — both to capitalize on his “fumes” and to let the players know that, if there is loafing or lollygagging or la-di-daing in his absence, there will be accountability.

Eventually, Daddy is coming home.  And he’s gonna kick the butt of anyone who wasn’t doing his [expletive deleted] job.

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27 Responses to “Payton looms large over Saints’ practice facility”
  1. kingbeason52 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:23 PM

    Payton is doing his best Zoolander face

  2. 92and94and51and56 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:25 PM

    Saddam Hussein thinks that photo is ridiculous.

  3. pnut87 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:27 PM

    That is both creepy and hilarious.

  4. coltsluckdynasty says: Jul 27, 2012 10:30 PM

    As much as stuff as this franchise has been through, still pretty cool that you know your employer has your back. Can’t say that I would get suspended for a year, and get my job back, but it’s got to feel good for Payton to know he is loved, even if not by his wife, his job still loves him.

  5. buccaroo989 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:33 PM

    The Saints seem more like a cult than a football team lately. This hero worship is truly disturbing. I think the league should be looking into all aspects of how this organization is run from the top down before someone gets seriously hurt.

  6. folksaredumb says: Jul 27, 2012 10:44 PM

    George Orwell wants his 1984 back….Question: If Payton had done his job, would he have been given The Boot for an entire season?

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 27, 2012 10:46 PM

    They can’t use a holographic image so they use a hagiographic one.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 27, 2012 10:48 PM

    Show a little respect for the people who put that up. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a picture of Payton that doesn’t look like it was taken from Madame Toussaud’s Wax Museum?

  9. bluebongzilla says: Jul 27, 2012 10:49 PM

    Disgrace.

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 27, 2012 10:49 PM

    Sean’s jaw is jutting and his cheekbones look sculpted because he is sucking on a stolen Vicodin tablet.

  11. randallflagg52 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:52 PM

    It’s like that jumbo tron of White Goodman/Ben Stiller at Globo-gym in dodgeball.

    You call that a sit up Trevor!

  12. juanhughjazz says: Jul 27, 2012 10:55 PM

    Who dat gonna look like Mao!

  13. dbellina says: Jul 27, 2012 10:55 PM

    “Do you job” and give as many cheap shots and late hits that the refs allow.

  14. veence69 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:56 PM

    Dumb.

  15. legeisyaj says: Jul 27, 2012 11:01 PM

    No one should care about this disgraced coach or this team. A huge banner of his face, meant to keep his presence top of mind, really is a joke. Classless. Not surprising though. Just hoping they go 0 and 16 isn’t enough…

  16. botkins24 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:01 PM

    Kim Jong-un approves this photo.

  17. wburg02 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:03 PM

    What is their job? I’m guessing this year’s bounties are paying back his salary that he’s missing while he’s suspended. Do your job Saints!

  18. farty5 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:04 PM

    Ironically, if Payton had followed his own advice, he’d be there in person. The cover-up/lies only exacerbate the problem.

  19. 4t9er says: Jul 27, 2012 11:20 PM

    Big Brother is watching you.

  20. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jul 27, 2012 11:22 PM

    Does Brees need an explanation?

  21. purplengold says: Jul 27, 2012 11:26 PM

    A rubber turd with his initials will be placed in the empty bus and plane seats.

  22. drgreenstreak says: Jul 27, 2012 11:38 PM

    They need to get him a cape and some kinda pope-ish looking headdress/crown thingy and just put one o’ them red LED scrolling things below him with all his favorite, profane quotes/commands/dicktates/word-of-gawd comments and such. Hell ya!

  23. nirvana504 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:47 PM

    LOVE THIS!!! So excited for this upcoming season. We love Payton in Nola and could care less about what the haters think, hahahaha!! Who Dat!!! Keep crying!

  24. contrasuxbalz says: Jul 27, 2012 11:49 PM

    Saints are done.

  25. dvdman123 says: Jul 28, 2012 2:08 AM

    I sure hate to be on the Saints schedule this season. Something tells me they will have “the take no prisoners” mentailty this season.

  26. dmatt777 says: Jul 28, 2012 5:40 PM

    Some of you people are downright HATEFUL.
    You better look out!!!! The Saints Are Coming.
    For all you loud mouth yackety yacks and Saints Haters I guess we have ALREADY mopped the floor wit’ ya, and you know its likely to happen again. Go ahead spew your Hate,we’ll talk to ya after the game.
    WHO DAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WE DAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. maxpowr says: Jul 29, 2012 7:49 PM

    if coach Payton were to have been fired, ALOT of teams would have came knocking. and if he was to coach your team(haters), I’m sure you wouldn’t complain about him then.. If you disagree your a liar or just plain dumb.

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